Quality over Quantity
You've heard this before, right? Quality over quantity? You've probably even said it. I know I have.
But what does this really mean and do we actually do this?
I've taken to thinking about this in a few areas of my life.
1. During my weight workout. The slower pace and quality of repetitions always makes me feel like I've had a better workout than if I move to fast. Quality usually decreased with speed.
2. When grocery shopping. I'm pretty intentional about what I purchase at the grocery store. I'd rather purchase some good quality whole foods rather than a bunch of things in packages that aren't going to give me the same nutrients and satisfaction in eating them.
3. In my writing. When conveying a message, I try to keep my written words concise, despite all the thoughts in my head. Fewer words for a clearer message.
There are a number of other ways I attempt to apply the quality rule, and those are definitely works in progress.
Never Organize These Things
Think about all the things you have on your desk. In your car. In your kitchen cupboards. In your work bag. In your Google Drive.
Are you taking some time to organize these spaces in the next short while?
If so, think about this.
Never organize something you know you will discard anyway. If you think too hard about it, get rid of it. Your time and space is valuable and occupying it with too much is not necessary.
At Least Think About It
Something that I try to do when I feel like there is too much stuff in my spaces, there are words or lists on a planner page, or there are just ideas in my head, I stop and identify what it is that's causing this feeling of "too much".
In a physical area, I look around and assess what's taking up space and then ask myself:
On my planner page, if my list looks out of control, I take a moment to:
Ideas that take a lot of mental energy and cognitive capacity end up on a chart paper or in the back of my planner to be reviewed later.
The idea here is that there is always something you can do when there is too much "something" in your spaces. Start by thinking about what your "too much" is, and then choose your action to begin the process of getting your spaces sorted out.